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From 27 East. June 12, 2014

EDITORIALS

Positive Progress

Those looking to gauge the effectiveness of Southampton Town’s new Housing Investigations Unit, created last year as part of a larger, long-overdue consolidation and restructuring of the town’s Code Enforcement Division, should review what has been done over the past month in Hampton Bays. After spending several weeks in the hamlet’s North Road neighborhood, an area where house rentals, both legal and illegal, are common, code enforcement officers issued a whopping 54 notices of violation in a week’s time.

Perhaps even more telling is that all of the notices were issued to just six landlords who, according to town officials, were illegally renting 14 homes in the same neighborhood. As alarming as it is to learn about the situation—namely, that it takes only a few greedy people to damage a neighborhood—there is also good news: that a refocused effort by an even smaller group of individuals, combined with some legwork and pointed questions, can begin addressing, and correcting, a serious quality of life issue.

Three of the seven officers who now make up the Housing Investigations Unit spent about a month patrolling the North Road community, making observations and, when appropriate, asking questions of those staying at suspect houses. Truth be told, it should not be difficult to spot the red flags; too many vehicles parked outside and excessive noise are two obvious signs. The key is taking it to the next step, with officers asking those staying at the suspect homes basic questions—Do you pay rent? If so, to whom? How many people live with you?—and then cross-referencing the information with street addresses, with the help of iPads and online town records. If a rental permit is not on file, landlords can be immediately cited and given 10 days to correct a violation. If they fail to fix a problem, summonses are issued.

Yes, many landlords—at least those who manage multiple properties without the proper permits—consider the fines an inevitable business expense. Town officials, fortunately, are well aware of this prevalent attitude and have already instituted a more heavy-handed fine scale, one that now allows them to issue fines that could reach as high as $30,000, while also making it easier to prosecute repeat offenders. The new fines also should inspire landlords to start applying for rental permits, an action that should help reduce dangerous and potentially deadly overcrowding.

An overhaul of code enforcement was long overdue, and recent events strongly suggest that the modifications are having a positive effect. Officers appear to be more responsive to the needs of homeowners and are already knee deep in another investigation, one targeting illegal share houses in the municipality—another thorn in the sides of those who live here year-round.

With that said, it must be noted that community members, namely those aligned with the Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays, certainly helped usher along this reorganization. Frustrated by a perceived lack of attention regarding housing enforcement issues, group members conducted their own investigation and, last July, handed over their findings to the town: a list containing 500 suspect properties that they believed were violating various town codes.

Deputy Town Supervisor Frank Zappone is crediting group members for both pushing and inspiring town officials to come up with a more effective way of addressing these issues. It is well-deserved recognition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THANK YOU!

Thank you to all members and friends of CCHB for a wonderful event and discussion last night during our Meet the Candidates Question and Answer. 

Thank you to all participants for a lively discussion and honest assessment surrounding our beloved Hampton Bays! 

Anna Throne-Holst
Linda Kabot
Frank Zappone
Jeff Mansfield
Brad Bender
Stan Glinka

It is through your hard work, focus and dedication that CCHB, its members and friends will continue to support as we all continue to work together towards revitalizing and reclaiming our Hampton Bays!

REMINDER!!

Please remember that CCHB's next meeting is an OPEN TOWN MEETING whereby we will discuss our past achievements, future plans and desired goals. It will be held at the Hampton Bays High School Auditorium on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Please help us spread the word!

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THANK YOU!

We would like to thank the many members and residents for stopping by our booth during the San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons over the weekend and discussing the issues facing Hampton Bays.

We look forward to seeing each of you at our CCHB Meet the Candidates Night and our CCHB Open Town Meeting.

 

Please bring a friend! 

 

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Members and friends!

 



Stop by our booth at the San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons this weekend between 10 am and 6 pm to learn about our 2012 accomplishments and our NEW 2013 accomplishments! Find out about our plans for 2014 and beyond! Meet members of our Board of Directors. Pick up a CCHB t-shirt, magnet or car decal and continue to help us revitalize Hampton Bays! 

Location: Good Ground Road -Hampton Bays (Long Island Railroad Station)


Michael Dunn
President

Robert Liner
Vice-President

Simone Scotto
Board Member

Dan Aube
Board Member

Eve Houlihan
Board Member

Adam Ortiz
Board Member

Gail Liner
Board Member
 

 

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OPINION -- Southampton Press -- September 19, 2013

Taking A Stand

The Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, sans Chairman Herb Phillips, deserves credit for rejecting a ridiculous application, one that sought the legalization of a decades-old violation: the illegal conversion of a Hampton Bays motel into an apartment complex.

Attorney John Bennett has been representing Domenico and Vincenza Iadevaia, the owners of the Tiana Pines Garden Apartments on West Montauk Highway, and arguing for months that the board must grant the requested variance on a technicality. Specifically, Mr. Bennett has stated that town officials indirectly gave his clients permission to convert their 16-room motel into year-round apartments, something that occurred at least 20 years earlier, because they signed off on the motel’s building permit in 1971, a year before the town code placed restrictions on lengths of stay and kitchens. As argued in the variance application: “There is no functional difference between using the buildings as motel units with preexisting rights for a kitchen and no restriction on transiency versus using the building as apartments. The use and impact are the same.”

But there is a huge difference. Forty years ago, after the motel building permit was approved, the owner was renting them only in the summer months—tourist season on the East End. It was not until certain landlords, either frustrated by the lack of demand for their rooms or, more likely the case, attracted by the idea of earning year-round income as opposed to seasonal, that the illegal conversions began to take place.

To drive home their point, zoning board members, in their decision, dismiss statements made by Mr. Bennett that, in the early 1970s, there was virtually no difference between motels and apartments. As correctly noted by Eric Bregman, the attorney representing the Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays group, whose members oppose the variance, there is a “common sense” difference between a motel room and an apartment. To argue against that point is lunacy.

It is refreshing to see that the majority of zoning board members would not allow themselves to be bullied by an attorney, and the threat of litigation, into making the wrong decision. 

http://olive.pressnewsgroup.com/Olive/ODE/SouthamptonWest/Default.aspx?href=SPW%2F2013%2F09%2F19&pageno=10&view=document 

 

 

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Hampton Bays Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Public Meeting

WEDNESDAY!

Location: Hampton Bays Library
Date: August 21st (Wednesday) - MEETING SCHEDULED
7:00 p.m.

Agenda:...

Representatives from RECHLER group will be available for further discussions on Canoe Place Inn Project to answer any questions and concerns the public may have.

For more information in preparation of this meeting...please visit
http://www.canoeplaceinnpdd.com/

Drop by, stay informed, get involved!
 
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CCHB Members:

We are making excellent progress with many of the issues facing Hampton Bays.

One issue that has been brought to us for review is the CPI project. The plan calls for a high quality, upscale inn with a restaurant and catering facility at its existing location on the west side of the canal. The proposal for the East side of the canal is for 40 luxurious town homes. We feel the addition of this facility to anchor the east side of our hamlet is vital. The Inn can become a location for destination weddings and events that will only enhance our local business district and promote tourism that we so desperately need. The town homes will target a clientele that again, will boost our local economy and the appeal of Hampton Bays.

The CCHB Board has endorsed this project. Please go to the following website 
www.canoeplaceinnpdd.com to see what the plans are for this location so you may judge for yourselves.

You can join us by endorsing this endeavor by signing the online petition at 
www.SaveTheCPI.com 

We cannot afford to let this great opportunity to pass. We must look ahead for the future of Hampton Bays to revitalize this, and many other locations to bring us to the resort, sea side community we all know we can and should be.

Save a piece of history and revitalize the CPI.

"Make a Difference Hampton Bays. The Time is Now."

Thank you for your continued support. We are looking forward to a favorable outcome for this project for the benefit of Hampton Bays.


Michael Dunn, President
Robert Liner, Vice President
Eve Houlihan, Board Member
Simone Scotto, Board Member
Dan Aube, Board Member
 

 

Have you sent in your CCHB 2013 Membership Renewal Form?

Do you want to become a CCHB member and receive direct email correspondence?

With your help and support, we continue to work hard representing the needs and concerns of our community.

REMEMBER! 

We are not-for-profit corporation! No one is paid and it is a grass roots organization. Come join us and help in any way possible! 

2013 Membership dues:

$50 per person
$300 per business

All dues & donations can be sent to:

Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays (CCHB)
P.O. Box 102
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

Please help support CCHB initiatives. We are currently engaged on many fronts and your support is crucial! 

Submit your 2013 membership renewal OR become a new member today!

Thank you from the entire board!

Michael Dunn
President

Robert Liner
Vice-President

Simone Scotto
Board Member

Dan Aube
Board Member

Eve Houlihan
Board Member
 
 
 

 
 
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Town issues over 120 violations
BY MICHAEL WRIGHT

   Using a list of more than 500 addresses compiled by a local activist group, Southampton Town code enforcement officers have issued hundreds of code violations to more than 120 property owners in Hampton Bays since the spring. The offenses ranged from overcrowded and unsafe living conditions to a wide variety of other infractions of the town code and the state’s fire and safety codes.

   The list was compiled over more than six months by the Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays, a fledgling group that formed in 2011 specifically to spur action by the town on overcrowded housing. The group presented the town with detailed information, gleaned by its members from publicly accessible information databases, regarding all 536 properties on the list—each in its own binder and filled with spreadsheets. The information presented to the town included such details as whether or not the property had a valid rental permit, the legal occupancy of the house, and anecdotal evidence of violations, such as the number of students attending local schools that list a single address as their residence, and the number of cars observed in a home’s driveway.

   Southampton Town’s chief code enforcement officer, David Betts, said the town received the list from members of the CCHB at a meeting of the town’s Quality of Life Task Force last winter, and that it was forwarded to his office in the early spring. He said the seven full-time code officers split the list of addresses between them and have spent the last several months investigating each claim. The initial work is ongoing, he said, but nearly completed.

   Town Attorney Tiffany Scarlato said that more than 120 of the properties on the list have already been issued violations, and that many more violations are still being investigated. “The list of violations is pretty long,” she said. “If you name it, they found it.”

   Many of the properties, she said, were already the subject of code violation summonses, though Ms. Scarlato said she could not specify exactly howmany.

   Mr. Betts said the bulk of his department’s investigative work was done in the office or with cursory property examinations by officers. However, at least one property from the list was the subject of an early-morning surprise search by several code officers last month. That house, located on Lynn Avenue in Hampton Bays, was found to have 21 people living in it, including the home’s owner, Michael Seaman, Mr. Betts said. The house had been expanded without building permits to add living space and the additional rooms did not meet state building safety codes, according to Mr. Betts.

   Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi said the amount of work the community group had done in compiling the list was remarkable, adding that the initiative shown by members is sometimes necessary to help the town pursue its goals.

   “Obviously, the town is reactive at times, by necessity, to the extent that we need to be made aware of certain complaints and violations,” Mr. Nuzzi said. “The Concerned Citizens group has been pretty aggressive of pushing the issue on the town, and when it is in receipt of valid complaints, we can go out and investigate these quality-of-life issues."

   Most of those involved acknowledged that the sweep is affecting a disproportionately large number of immigrants, particularly Latino families. But officials and organizers of the list say that is not their mission. Rather, they are only trying to ensure the protection of the public.

   “The way I see this is not a focus on a group of people, it’s on property owners who are breaking the law,” Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said. “These are people that are renting under dangerous and unsafe conditions, who are threatening the lives of our residents.”

   Even representatives of a group formed in Hampton Bays specifically to advocate for the large number of Latino immigrants living there raised little objection to the sweep itself, though they reiterated objections to the sort of early-morning intrusions that code enforcement officers have relied on for years to gather evidence of occupancy violations.

   Sister Mary Beth Moore, a pastoral worker for Centro Corazón de Maria, an advocacy center for immigrants at the Church of St. Rosalie in Hampton Bays, said she was aware of 47 families, comprising approximately 200 people, whose homes were on the list of addresses targeted. Almost all of them were Latino, she said, and about half of the family members were children.

   “Let me be the first to express wonderment that such detailed information would be utilized by this group and the town with concern for the welfare of residents, especially children,” Sister Moore said. “But what I would want to express in the strongest possible way, from the point of view of advocacy for these families, is that [code enforcement officers] don’t go on the early-morning raids, raise people from their sleep, which startles and terrifies small children, deal with them in their pajamas, and demand documentation from everyone.”

   The bulk of the complaints submitted to the town by the CCHB was based on either evidence of overcrowding or of violations to the town’s property rental codes. The single largest complaint was whether one of the spotlighted houses had a valid rental permit in place.

   Robert Liner, a founder of the CCHB, said the group built its list of suspected code violators gradually, through months of painstaking research and accounting work. About 20 of the group’s members worked together on compiling the list of suspect properties, he said, largely through visual evidence: houses that had apparent signs that many more people were living there than allowed. Those warning signs included a large number of cars parked in driveways and accessory structures converted to living spaces.

   “The code provides for one car per bedroom, plus one extra car, so from those visual observations we realized that there was something amiss,” Mr. Liner said. “We posted on our website that residents could just send complaints to us and we would look into it, and it grew and grew.”

   Mr. Liner said a member of his group—a former U.S. Postal Service mail fraud investigator whom he declined to name—compiled the information as it was brought to her by other members, building the spreadsheets of information on each property. Group members who work as builders, and are familiar with the town’s GIS system and the information it contains, helped mine for data on individual properties. “We ended up with a very detailed, very accurate list that highlights the failure of compliance,” Mr. Liner said. “This was not a slipshod job.”

   The group also filed a public information request with the Hampton Bays School District, asking for a list of all properties listed as residences by children at the school that were identified as rentals—which the district requires with enrollment—and the number of children attending the school from those addresses. Those with numerous children listed were added to the list.

   “We got the addresses and the number of kids, then we cross referenced that with the GIS information and if there are six kids and it’s a three-bedroom house, you can see that house is overcrowded,” said Mike Dunn, the president of the CCHB. “It’s a mathematics exercise.”

   Hampton Bays Schools Superintendent Lars Clemenson said the district shared no students names or other identifiable information, which he said would be illegal. He also noted that the district does not raise questions about the number of children attending the school from an address itself, as long as the parents can prove that they are living in the district.

   “We check residencies to make sure our kids live in the district and we keep a database of that information,” Mr. Clemenson said. “But if there’s a hundred people living in a two-bedroom house, they can all come to the school. If you can prove that you live in a tree house and you get mail up there, then we’re going to educate your kids.”

   But for CCHB members, the numbers of students attending the district remains one of their seminal issues. The group formed in the wake of a series of code enforcement raids on Hampton Bays motels that were no longer operating as transient lodging for tourists and have become permanent residences for large numbers of people. After the raids, which resulted in hundreds of health and safety code violations, residents said they saw no change in the situation. Mr. Liner said a survey by residents found that 46 children were attending Hampton Bays schools from the illegally converted hotels, at a cost of more then $1 million a year to taxpayers.

   The CCHB formed as a 501-c3 nonprofit in November 2011, with the mission of compiling the list of properties violating various codes and laws already on the agendas for the founding members.

   “Our next call to members is going to be to help track these properties through the court system,” Mr. Dunn said. “We want to see where this goes and see why, in the past, nothing has happened to change any of these problems. 

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In response to the June 27th Southampton Press article about Hidden Cove(Future Of Hampton Bays Motel Remains Uncertain) and the many e-mails and questions from our members, CCHB immediately had a board meeting and a meeting with the Town supervisor to discuss this issue.

CCHB's Unified Board Position is that all motels are to be used as motels and NOT to be considered for year round permanent apartments or housing as they sit now. This consideration contradicts all that CCHB was founded on. We cannot allow motels to be used as full time residences any longer.

Density:The granting of this location and the precedent this would set for all other motels throughout our hamlet would be devastating. We are trying to REDUCE density, and stopping the illegal use of motels has been one of our goals. Allowing these motels to simply change their use to year round housing would bring us to a place of no return. Not only would the increase in population to our schools, hamlet and taxes be felt by each of us, the all important possibility of returning our hamlet to a resort seaside community by removing these motel locations from the hospitality side of the ledger would be forever gone. CCHB's board is in favor of reaching out to the motel owners and working with them through incentives and tax breaks to revitalize their establishments as motels to boost our tourism industry. Some of these motels simply have not even tried to run their businesses as legitimate resort motels for many years. Investments put into these locations to produce a quality product to attract tourists, in our opinion, can be successful. The key is to produce a product that the public will embrace.

Taxes: The use of these locations as apartments will add students to the school which in turn will obviously raise taxes for the added population to the school. Additionally, increased population will also call for the need to increase our emergency services to adequately cover the increase in population, which again will add to our taxes.

Environment:  The state of our bays and waterways are at their tipping points. What would increased population to all of these locations do to our bays, waterway's and ground water?

Schools:Our schools are already at the high end of class sizes. Adding these units as year round residences will only add to those class sizes, and again the taxes that go with that will be shared by each and every one of us. Not only will the current students be affected by increased class sizes, but the tax payers of Hampton Bays will be paying for it.

The time has come in Hampton Bays for our leaders in Southampton to:

1) Stop the illegal use of motels

2) Reach out to the motel owners and work with them to revitalize their property as legal motel resort locations

Please let our Town leaders know your thoughts on this issue and continue your e-mails to us on this or any other items in Hampton Bays.

CCHB Board

Michael Dunn, President

Robert Liner, Vice President

Eve Houlihan, Board Member

Simone Scotto, Board Member     

Dan Aube, Board Member 

 

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                               WE DID IT!!!!!!!! 

We are proud to announce that we have achieved one of our many goals.

The homeless shelter was the spark that ignited our group, "CCHB" and helped to bring a community looking for change together.


Through the efforts, time, resources and leadership of Bob & Gail Liner and Michael Dunn, we have persevered on behalf of all friends and members of CCHB.

We have had monthly meetings over the past 8 months with Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst explaining the many issues and needs of our community of Hampton Bays. 

We are truly grateful to her for working with the CCHB in achieving this goal. We will continue on the path of equal and fair enforcement of codes and laws for all concerned.

We look forward to continuing to work with the Supervisor and all elected officials to focus on the issues that face Hampton Bays.

Thank you for your continued support! Spread the word!

Michael Dunn
President

Robert Liner
Vice-President

Simone Scotto
Board Member

Dan Aube
Board Member

Eve Houlihan
Board Member

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 10, 2013

COUNTY TO CLOSE HOMELESS SHELTER AT HIDDEN COVE MOTEL BY SEPTEMBER 30

Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman today announced the planned closing of a homeless shelter located at the Hidden Cove Motel in Hampton Bays. According to a letter received Monday, June 10, from John O’Neill, Acting Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services, use of the facility will be discontinued by September 30 of 2013. The decision was made in light of the adoption of IR 1233-2013 on April 30, a County policy that aims to benefit homeless children by placing them in shelter locations near their home school districts. 

“Supervisor Throne-Holst and I met with the County Executive and Acting Commissioner O’Neill on Friday to explain that few, if any, of the families who have stayed in the Hidden Cove Shelter are from Southampton Town or anywhere on the East End,” said Schneiderman. 
“In light of the County’s newly adopted policy to focus on minimizing the dislocation experienced by homeless children, as well as the recent opening of two large homeless shelters in Western Suffolk, it was appropriate to re-evaluate whether a facility located in an area were homelessness has a very low incidence, is still needed,” he said.

The Hidden Cove Motel, which has 33 units in total, has accommodated more than 28 families at times, and is currently housing 20 families. As an outcome of the meeting, it was agreed that SCDSS would stop placing new families at the site, effective immediately. Those currently living in the shelter will be transitioned to longer term housing over the next several weeks. 
Throne-Holst and Schneiderman were advised that because of the new space availability in the Western Suffolk shelter centers, and the ongoing efforts to transition families into more permanent housing, the Hidden Cove location may be empty as early as July, but certainly by early September.
“We appreciate SCDSS and the County Executive's office working with us on the local level to best meet the needs of sheltered families and children, while welcoming us to the table to best address and work cooperatively on these programs and constituent needs. This is a very welcome change from the previous administration that kept us entirely removed from this process. This is a great example of all levels of government working productively together,” said Throne-Holst.

The shelter at the Hidden Cove Motel is located at 33 A West Tiana Rd in Hampton Bays and is operated by the not-for-profit agency Community Housing Innovations, Inc. It was opened in October 2011. 

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WE DID IT!!!!!!!! 

We are proud to announce that we have achieved one of our many goals.

The homeless shelter was the spark that ignited our group, "CCHB" and helped to bring a community looking for change together.

Through the efforts, time, resources and leadership of Bob & Gail Liner and Michael Dunn, we have persevered on behalf of all friends and members of CCHB.

We have had monthly meetings over the past 8 months with Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst explaining the many issues and needs of our community of Hampton Bays. 

We are truly grateful to her for working with the CCHB in achieving this goal. We will continue on the path of equal and fair enforcement of codes and laws for all concerned.

We look forward to continuing to work with the Supervisor and all elected officials to focus on the issues that face Hampton Bays.

Thank you for your continued support! Spread the word!

Michael Dunn
President

Robert Liner
Vice-President

Simone Scotto
Board Member

Dan Aube
Board Member

Eve Houlihan
Board Member
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 10, 2013

COUNTY TO CLOSE HOMELESS SHELTER AT HIDDEN COVE MOTEL BY SEPTEMBER 30

Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman today announced the planned closing of a homeless shelter located at the Hidden Cove Motel in Hampton Bays. According to a letter received Monday, June 10, from John O’Neill, Acting Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services, use of the facility will be discontinued by September 30 of 2013. The decision was made in light of the adoption of IR 1233-2013 on April 30, a County policy that aims to benefit homeless children by placing them in shelter locations near their home school districts. 

“Supervisor Throne-Holst and I met with the County Executive and Acting Commissioner O’Neill on Friday to explain that few, if any, of the families who have stayed in the Hidden Cove Shelter are from Southampton Town or anywhere on the East End,” said Schneiderman. 
“In light of the County’s newly adopted policy to focus on minimizing the dislocation experienced by homeless children, as well as the recent opening of two large homeless shelters in Western Suffolk, it was appropriate to re-evaluate whether a facility located in an area were homelessness has a very low incidence, is still needed,” he said.

The Hidden Cove Motel, which has 33 units in total, has accommodated more than 28 families at times, and is currently housing 20 families. As an outcome of the meeting, it was agreed that SCDSS would stop placing new families at the site, effective immediately. Those currently living in the shelter will be transitioned to longer term housing over the next several weeks. 
Throne-Holst and Schneiderman were advised that because of the new space availability in the Western Suffolk shelter centers, and the ongoing efforts to transition families into more permanent housing, the Hidden Cove location may be empty as early as July, but certainly by early September.
“We appreciate SCDSS and the County Executive's office working with us on the local level to best meet the needs of sheltered families and children, while welcoming us to the table to best address and work cooperatively on these programs and constituent needs. This is a very welcome change from the previous administration that kept us entirely removed from this process. This is a great example of all levels of government working productively together,” said Throne-Holst.

The shelter at the Hidden Cove Motel is located at 33 A West Tiana Rd in Hampton Bays and is operated by the not-for-profit agency Community Housing Innovations, Inc. It was opened in October 2011. 

WE DID IT!!!!!!!! 

We are proud to announce that we have achieved one of our many goals.

The homeless shelter was the spark that ignited our group, "CCHB" and helped to bring a community looking for change together.

Through the efforts, time, resources and leadership of Bob & Gail Liner and Michael Dunn, we have persevered on behalf of all friends and members of CCHB.

We have had monthly meetings over the past 8 months with Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst explaining the many issues and needs of our community of Hampton Bays. 

We are truly grateful to her for working with the CCHB in achieving this goal. We will continue on the path of equal and fair enforcement of codes and laws for all concerned.

We look forward to continuing to work with the Supervisor and all elected officials to focus on the issues that face Hampton Bays.

Thank you for your continued support! Spread the word!

Michael Dunn
President

Robert Liner
Vice-President

Simone Scotto
Board Member

Dan Aube
Board Member

Eve Houlihan
Board Member
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 10, 2013

COUNTY TO CLOSE HOMELESS SHELTER AT HIDDEN COVE MOTEL BY SEPTEMBER 30

Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman today announced the planned closing of a homeless shelter located at the Hidden Cove Motel in Hampton Bays. According to a letter received Monday, June 10, from John O’Neill, Acting Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services, use of the facility will be discontinued by September 30 of 2013. The decision was made in light of the adoption of IR 1233-2013 on April 30, a County policy that aims to benefit homeless children by placing them in shelter locations near their home school districts. 

“Supervisor Throne-Holst and I met with the County Executive and Acting Commissioner O’Neill on Friday to explain that few, if any, of the families who have stayed in the Hidden Cove Shelter are from Southampton Town or anywhere on the East End,” said Schneiderman. 
“In light of the County’s newly adopted policy to focus on minimizing the dislocation experienced by homeless children, as well as the recent opening of two large homeless shelters in Western Suffolk, it was appropriate to re-evaluate whether a facility located in an area were homelessness has a very low incidence, is still needed,” he said.

The Hidden Cove Motel, which has 33 units in total, has accommodated more than 28 families at times, and is currently housing 20 families. As an outcome of the meeting, it was agreed that SCDSS would stop placing new families at the site, effective immediately. Those currently living in the shelter will be transitioned to longer term housing over the next several weeks. 
Throne-Holst and Schneiderman were advised that because of the new space availability in the Western Suffolk shelter centers, and the ongoing efforts to transition families into more permanent housing, the Hidden Cove location may be empty as early as July, but certainly by early September.
“We appreciate SCDSS and the County Executive's office working with us on the local level to best meet the needs of sheltered families and children, while welcoming us to the table to best address and work cooperatively on these programs and constituent needs. This is a very welcome change from the previous administration that kept us entirely removed from this process. This is a great example of all levels of government working productively together,” said Throne-Holst.

The shelter at the Hidden Cove Motel is located at 33 A West Tiana Rd in Hampton Bays and is operated by the not-for-profit agency Community Housing Innovations, Inc. It was opened in October 2011. 
WE DID IT!!!!!!!! 


We are proud to announce that we have achieved one of our many goals.

The homeless shelter was the spark that ignited our group, "CCHB" and helped to bring a community looking for change together.

Through the efforts, time, resources and leadership of Bob & Gail Liner and Michael Dunn, we have persevered on behalf of all friends and members of CCHB.

We have had monthly meetings over the past 8 months with Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst explaining the many issues and needs of our community of Hampton Bays. 

We are truly grateful to her for working with the CCHB in achieving this goal. We will continue on the path of equal and fair enforcement of codes and laws for all concerned.

We look forward to continuing to work with the Supervisor and all elected officials to focus on the issues that face Hampton Bays.

Thank you for your continued support! Spread the word!

Michael Dunn
President

Robert Liner
Vice-President

Simone Scotto
Board Member

Dan Aube
Board Member

Eve Houlihan
Board Member
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 10, 2013

COUNTY TO CLOSE HOMELESS SHELTER AT HIDDEN COVE MOTEL BY SEPTEMBER 30

Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman today announced the planned closing of a homeless shelter located at the Hidden Cove Motel in Hampton Bays. According to a letter received Monday, June 10, from John O’Neill, Acting Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services, use of the facility will be discontinued by September 30 of 2013. The decision was made in light of the adoption of IR 1233-2013 on April 30, a County policy that aims to benefit homeless children by placing them in shelter locations near their home school districts. 

“Supervisor Throne-Holst and I met with the County Executive and Acting Commissioner O’Neill on Friday to explain that few, if any, of the families who have stayed in the Hidden Cove Shelter are from Southampton Town or anywhere on the East End,” said Schneiderman. 
“In light of the County’s newly adopted policy to focus on minimizing the dislocation experienced by homeless children, as well as the recent opening of two large homeless shelters in Western Suffolk, it was appropriate to re-evaluate whether a facility located in an area were homelessness has a very low incidence, is still needed,” he said.

The Hidden Cove Motel, which has 33 units in total, has accommodated more than 28 families at times, and is currently housing 20 families. As an outcome of the meeting, it was agreed that SCDSS would stop placing new families at the site, effective immediately. Those currently living in the shelter will be transitioned to longer term housing over the next several weeks. 
Throne-Holst and Schneiderman were advised that because of the new space availability in the Western Suffolk shelter centers, and the ongoing efforts to transition families into more permanent housing, the Hidden Cove location may be empty as early as July, but certainly by early September.
“We appreciate SCDSS and the County Executive's office working with us on the local level to best meet the needs of sheltered families and children, while welcoming us to the table to best address and work cooperatively on these programs and constituent needs. This is a very welcome change from the previous administration that kept us entirely removed from this process. This is a great example of all levels of government working productively together,” said Throne-Holst.

The shelter at the Hidden Cove Motel is located at 33 A West Tiana Rd in Hampton Bays and is operated by the not-for-profit agency Community Housing Innovations, Inc. It was opened in October 2011. 
 
 

 

 Southampton Press - Western Thursday, May 16, 2013  

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTHAMPTON PRESS - WESTERN EDITION

MAY 9th, 2013

 

 

 

 

CCHB Members & Friends -

Important YouTube message!

Michael Dunn, President CCHB 

 

 

Fines, Penalties For Rental Violations Could Increase In Southampton Town 











ines, Penalties For Rental Violations Could Increase In Southampton Town 

 

 
 
 

CCHB Members and Friends -

The time for action has arrived.  

Our last opportunity to oppose the Tiana Pines Motel application to the Southampton Town Board of Appeals (ZBA) is this Thursday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m.  

We encourage our members and friends...to bring more friends!  Your support is truly appreciated.

 

Lets stay solidified!

Lets continue to work together!

Lets stay informed!

Mike Dunn
President, CCHB

Original story can be found at:
http://www.27east.com/news/
article.cfm/Hampton-Bays/449546/Hampton-Bays-Motel-Owners-Want-To-Legalize-Apartment-Complex-Conversion

 

 

 
Hampton Bays Citizen Advisory Committee members:
 
Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi said he is considering introducing legislation that would make it more difficult for property owners to obtain variances for uses that are not permitted under the town code. If approved, it would strike the portion of the code that allows the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals to grant a change from one nonconforming use that predates zoning restrictions to another nonconforming use.
 
Councilman Nuzzi will be our guest this Wednesday March 20th at 7:00 at the Hampton Bays Library.  His proposed legislation may impact future situations similar to the Tiana Pines application that is now before the ZBA.  Please attend this event to fully understand the possible implications this proposed legislation could have to the future of Hampton Bays.
 
Michael Dunn, Co-chair
Simone Scotto, Co-chair
Hampton Bays Citizen Advisory Committee
 
 
 

CCHB Members and Friends -

Thank you for responding to our continued opposition against the Tiana Pines ZBA application. 

We have just received word that the applicants attorney has requested an adjournment for next month. Todays ZBA meeting WILL NOT occur. 

Again...todays ZBA meeting on the Tiana Pines Motel application has been postponed for next month.

We will keep you all updated as to any changes.

Lets stay solidified!

Lets continue to work together!

Lets stay informed!

Mike Dunn
President, CCHB

 

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Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays!

 

Have you sent in your CCHB 2013 Membership Form?
 
http://www.ccohb.org/membership-form.html

We have accomplished so much in 2012...lets keep it going for 2013! We need your help!

Thank you from the entire board!

Michael Dunn
President

Robert Liner
Vice-President

Simone Scotto
Board Member

Dan Aube
Board Member

Eve Houlihan
Board Member
 

 

 

 

 

 

CCHB Members and Friends-

We kindly ask for your immediate support to oppose the Tiana Pines Motel application to the Southampton Town Board of Appeals (ZBA). This petition will be presented at the next scheduled ZBA meeting.

 
Please use the link below to voice your opposition. Click the Petition tab link. And please remember that the ZBA will hear this petition on Thursday, February 7th - 7:00 p.m. Southampton Town Hall. See you then. Thank you.
 
 
 

 

 

Blass to leave Suffolk Social Services post

Suffolk Social Services Commissioner Gregory Blass said yesterday he is stepping down 17 months early as head of the county's largest department, an agency with a $642 million budget serving more than 200,000 people.

Blass, 62, will leave the $152,000-a-year job Jan. 30 after 3 1/2 years, and 30 months as chief deputy. "Although my term as commissioner does not expire until June of 2014, I feel my work at this department is done," Blass, a Republican, said in a letter to Democratic County Executive Steve Bellone.

"The time to go is now while you're at the top of your game and department is in good shape," he said.

Blass' resignation will mark the end of a 35-year public career. He served for a decade as a Family Court judge and 12 years as a Suffolk County legislator. He served three years as legislative presiding officer and led the fight that shuttered the Shoreham nuclear plant.

Bellone praised Blass, who was appointed to the position by former County Executive Steve Levy, for "working hard to to raise DSS staff morale with an open-door policy" and serving as a "strong advocate for the working poor, homeless families and the department."

Bellone said Blass' department led suburban New York counties in child support enforcement, collecting $140.5 million last year through November.

Bellone spokeswoman Vanessa Baird Streeter could not say whether Bellone will name a successor, conduct a search or place Blass' deputy, John O'Neill, in the job temporarily.

Blass said his contributions as commissioner included a new performance management team and an outreach program for homeless people.

 

January 11, 2013

Dear Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays:

One of the issues of concern for the Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays is the Tiana Pines Motel located on Montauk Highway and its request to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a change in one nonconforming use (motel) to another nonconforming use (apartment house). The name of the application is Iadevaia- 324 West Montauk Highway.

The owners have admitted to operating an illegal apartment complex consisting of 16 units for many years. This illegal use has negatively impacted Hampton Bays because the property has produced many school children over the years but the property owners have not paid their fair share of property taxes.

The Southampton Town Zoning Code provides that if a nonconforming use is abandoned, the property can only then be used as a conforming use.

The Tiana Pines motel was abandoned many years ago as admitted by the owners and now they want to take advantage of Hampton Bays by legalizing the illegal apartment use.

The precedential effect of such a decision could have significant negative effect on all of our property taxes. This property owner has already reaped enough profits at our expense.

Please contact the Supervisor and Town Board members at the following email addresses to express your opposition to this application. Please "cc" a copy to us at CCHB also. You can read the press link at the bottom of the page.


Town Board Members E-mail Addresses

Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst: 
athrone-holst@southamptontownn
y.gov

Councilperson Chistopher Nuzzi: cnuzzi@southamptontownny.gov

Councilperson Christine Preston Scalera: cscalera@southamptontownny.gov

Councilperson James Malone: jmalone@southamptontownny.gov

Councilperson Bridget Fleming: bfleming@southamptontownny.gov

Concerned Citizens of HB: concernedcitizensofhamptonbays
@gmail.com 

 

Hampton Bays Motel Owners Want To Legalize Apartment Complex Conversion

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Hampton-Bays/449546/Hampton-Bays-Motel-Owners-Want-To-Legalize-Apartment-Complex-Conversion

 

 

January 9, 2013

Dear Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays,

We hope you all enjoyed a Happy Holiday Season, and we wish you all the best for the upcoming year. We are looking forward to 2013 as a productive time. Our focus remains: Density, Schools, Taxes, and the Environment. We've continued to meet with Government officials and are expanding our base. In doing so we have uncovered numerous additional concerns for CCHB. Government officials we have met with over the past few months are:

-Senator Kenneth LaValle
-Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst
-Councilman Christopher Nuzzi
-Councilwoman Christine Preston-Scalera
-Chief Code Enforcement Officer David Betts
-School Superintendent Lars Clemensen
-Conference call with Deputy County Supervisor Jon Schneider.

As we further analyze the issues arising from the placement of a homeless shelter at Hidden Cove, we learn more how it affects our community. When a non New York State resident student, is placed in the HB school district, the cost of his tuition is born solely by the HB school budget, and will continue as our obligation while the student remains in the homeless system, wherever that student is placed. 42% of the students who have come from Hidden Cove are from out of state. How many non NYS resident students' tuition can our school budget, funded by your property taxes, afford to pay? By enforcement of existing Town and County laws, this cost can be minimized in the future.

After working with our government officials, the Town has agreed to, and is pursuing the removal of the homeless shelter from Hidden Cove. After months of lobbying from the CCHB, the Town has retained legal counsel as recommended by our group and has started legal proceedings as of early January, 2013 against the County, CHI and DSS.

Our review of town records has disclosed that a Stop Work Order was issued in December of 2011, against 132 W. Montauk Highway to convert warehouse space into a place for public assembly. Despite this Stop Work Order and the fact that no Planning Board input, ZBA hearing, Health department review, public comment or that no building department permits were issued, the work continued and was completed in November 2012 in blatant violation of town codes. In addition, the rear property was "clear cut" of all its' tree's for an apparent future parking lot. After bringing these issues to our Town representatives, we understand that the property owner and tenants have been served and this is now in the legal system for its' complete removal. We ask you to monitor this situation with us.

We continue to work with our legal team in contesting the Tiana Pines Conversion from its existing non-conforming use as a motel, to another non-conforming use to apartments. If this is permitted for Tiana Pines, doesn't it set a precedent for all other motels in Hampton Bays? The next hearing should be sometime in early February and we will keep you up to date as we get confirmation of the scheduled time. We urge you to attend and oppose the application. We need community support.

We have also been vigorously researching, literally hundreds of single family homes that are abusing NY state and Southampton Town housing laws and codes. We must unify to make sure that the housing codes and laws are equally enforced on all properties throughout the hamlet.

In November, Michael Dunn and Simone Scotto, executive members of CCHB, were asked and accepted to Co-chair the Hampton Bays Citizens advisory Committee (CAC). This opens another avenue for Hampton Bays to get our message across to Southampton Town to deal with the issues that are of great concern. The CAC meetings are open to the public and take place on the third Wednesday of every month at the Hampton Bays Library at 7:00pm. An expanded membership has been submitted to the town from myself and Mr. Scotto and has been agreed to which now brings our CAC board membership to 25. This board now consists of its' previous members plus over 12 of the local business owners' of the community.

In the upcoming months, we intend to pursue our mission of Schools, Density, Taxes, and the Environment. We are continuing to study our Hamlet and urging our Governmental officials to enforce the existing laws. We will be attending the Town Board meeting to fully set forth the results of our research and we will hold a membership meeting and drive in Early spring at Oakland's.

We look forward to your continued support and active participation for the improvement and betterment of Hampton Bays. Please contact us if you are able to help in any way. Areas that we need immediate assistance are Public Relations and Press and in monitoring code violations and compliance. We will update you as to our progress.

Sincerely,

Michael Dunn
President, CCHB

 

 

 

Hampton Bays Citizen Advisory Committee News!

 

Michael Dunn and Simone Scotto are now serving as co-chairs of the Hampton Bays-based group.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.indyeastend.com/Articles-i-2012-12-05-105245.113117-Evicted-Man-Cries-Foul.html

 

 

 

12/3/12

Announcing the appointment of Michael Dunn and Simone Scotto as Co-Chairs of the Southampton Town Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) representing Hampton Bays.

The appointment was adopted unanimously by the Southampton Town Board.

The next Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting will be Tuesday December 18th at 7:15 at the Hampton Bays Library.

If you are interested in becoming an appointed member of the CAC-Hampton Bays, please send an e-mail to us at concerenedcitizensofhamptonbay
s@gmail.com. by December 15th so we can submit to the town for consideration.

Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Dear Members:

To all our members and residents of Hampton Bays, we hope you and your loved ones are safe after hurricane Sandy. We know some of you might still be without power, phones, and cable, but hopefully that will come back soon to all of you in the area. As we have always seen in difficult times, Hampton Bays has come together as a community and will continue to do so.

We are writing to update you on the progress of the Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays. The past few months we have built the foundation for our “Grass Roots“ organization while maintaining our focus on our mission of addressing the issues of DENSITY, SCHOOLS, TAXES AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

When addressing these issues, we are looking to move forward, and to properly address them for the betterment of the residents of Hampton Bays.

Over the past few months we have met with the following Government officials and presented our positions, all of which were well documented:

 

1.Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst

2.Town Attorney Tiffany Scarlato

3.Town Board Member Christopher Nuzzi

4.Town Board Member Christine Scalera

5.Code Enforcement David Betts

6.Town Assessor

7.School Superintendent Lars Clemensen

8.Father Edward Sheridan of Saint Rosalie's

 

Additionally, we had a booth at the Feast of San Gennaro at which we met many community members. Both community members and government officials ALL agreed with our mission to immediately address the issues of DENSITY, SCHOOLS, TAXES, and THE ENVIRONMENT. Our goals are clear: Stop the over crowding, Stop illegal use of motels for housing and as homeless shelters, Stop single family homes for multiple families, and enforce the existing code uniformly and fairly. We have appointed a lead person to head the committee for the overcrowding and illegal use of properties throughout Hampton Bays and will soon present our strategy and look for member participation to assist in this undertaking.

We are also planning a general membership meeting and cocktail party at Oakland's, but due to the condition of Dune Road, the date is to be determined. Tables will be set up for recruitment and committee assignments. We ask that you join a committee. Invest time in your community, it will be the best investment you make for yourself and your children.

CCHB

 

Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays, Inc., (CCHB) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation which was formed to address issues on behalf of our community.
The Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays is a non-profit organization created to address the issues of taxation, population density, environmental concerns and schooling in the Hampton Bays community. 

 

  • Hours: Meeting hours are subject to change. Notifications will be sent.
  • Contact email: concernedcitizensofhamptonbays@gmail.com
  • Mission: The group strives to pull the community together into a unified voice, reflecting the needs and protecting the quality of life of Hampton Bays residents.
  • Membership requirements: Hampton Bays community members & businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We have accomplished so much in such a short period!

Our community activism continues to spread and our voices have already been heard at Southampton Town Hall!

To continue this momentum...WE NEED YOU HELP!

Please consider becoming a member of CCHB!

We want to support YOUR Hampton Bays agenda!

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Come join us and help in anyway possible!


2013 Membership dues:

$50 per person
$300 per business

All dues & donations can be sent to:

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P.O. Box 102
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
 
 

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